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Rosi y Pepi, vecinas de Argumosa11, serán desahuciadas el viernes 22 de febrero a las 9:30. Son “solo” dos desahucios más, es cierto, en un país en el que se llevan a cabo 7 lanzamientos por hora, en una Comunidad Autónoma donde hay más de 250.000 casas vacías (más de 150.000 solo en Madrid capital). Pero creemos que el edificio de #Argumosa11 se ha convertido en Madrid en un símbolo de la resistencia a la burbuja de los alquileres que cada día expulsa a 167 personas de la posibilidad de tener un hogar, de tener, por lo tanto, una vida posible.

#^
Nos Quedamos en Argumosa. Nos Quedamos en nuestros barrios


 
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Android Is Helping Kill Passwords On A Billion Devices By Adopting Certified Support For The FIDO2 Standard

The FIDO Alliance — a consortium that develops open source authentication standards — has pushed to expand its secure login protocols to make seamless logins a reality. Now Android's on board, which means 1 billion devices can say goodbye to passwords in more digital services than seen before.

The vast majority of devices running Android 7 or later will now be able to handle password-less logins in mobile browsers like Chrome. Android already offered secure FIDO login options for mobile apps, where you authenticate using a phone's fingerprint scanner or with a hardware dongle like a YubiKey. But FIDO2 support will make it possible to use these easy authentication steps for web services in a mobile browser, instead of having the tedious task of typing in your password every time you... show more


 
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Cardiogram - Android and iOS app for personal healthcare assistant across Android Wear OS, Garmin and Apple watches

Instead of just using your watch fitness app and losing that data when you switch watch brands, Cardiogram will collate health data from various brands of watch allowing you to switch brands and often retain all your health history.

It also gives a lot more insight into your data than many standard apps do:
• The Timeline tab shows your heart rate each day, with a detailed view for workouts and a special interface to track spikes related to stress, diet, or exercise.
• The Daily Leaderboard lens in the Timeline tab lets you compete steps and activity levels with your friends! You can invite friends who own an Apple Watch or Garmin, or even those who don't own an wearable device at all — this feature is compatible with the built-in Google Fit step tracker on your p... show more


 
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LG Watch Sport band splitting after 1 year and 7 months - Lesson is beware of buying devices without easily replaceable bands and batteries

I bought this watch in July 2017 at quite a cost as it had to be shipped out from the USA with the extra VAT and duty payable on arrival in South Africa. So 19 months later the band is seen splitting. The band contains the Wifi, Bluetooth and LTE antennas and there are not even easy to obtain replacements without the antennas. One place in Korea sells them at $70 each. The lesson is don't buy devices that do not have easily replaceable bands or batteries!

The warranty is usually a year (or a major struggle to get something replaced and this would be chalked up to "wear and tear").

But I've learnt from early Fitbit purchases too that the first big thing to look at is standard type strap/band replacements. Fitbit bands seem to last just on 13 months and the... show more


 
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Mounted a Watson W-30 Dual-Band Base Colinear 2m 1/2 wave 70cm 2x 5/8 wave antenna today

So my second DIY VHF/UHF suffered during some gusting winds and the vertical bend down. The problem is not so much my construction as it is the very weak centre pin on the SO239 connector. The pin was just not strong enough to hold the 3mm bronze rod upright.

So I decided to buy a not too expensive commercial antenna for the outside use. I do probably need to give this antenna a better mounting pole as it is slightly heavier than my DIY antenna (so it is now not too high up yet), but the difference is already noticeable with the new antenna being a 1/2 wavelength over my DIY one which was a 1/4 wavelength on VHF. The antenna has 3dB gain on 144MHz and 6dB gain on 430MHz. As I'm not yet transmitting I have not tested the SWR yet but it is reputed to be below 1.5:1.

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Resiliency Maps project and OpenStreetMap - How open data and tools can save lives during a disaster

If you've lived through a major, natural disaster, you know that during the first few days you'll probably have to rely on a mental map, instead of using a smartphone as an extension of your brain. Where's the closest hospital with disaster care? What about shelters? Gas stations? And how many soft story buildings—with their propensity to collapse—will you have to zig-zag around to get there?

This project was intended to address these issues without all the normal tourist clutter. Their project page actually shows no maps to me but I did note that open source OpenStreetMap has a Humanitarian map style layer and this map layer s focused on resources useful for humanitarian organizations and citizens in general in emergency situations, highlighting POIs like water resources (water wells, ma... show more


 
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13 Weird Trivia Facts About the Oxford English Dictionary

This year marks the 135th birthday of the Oxford English Dictionary (though the eminent reference book is hardly looking its age). As the English language continues to evolve, the dictionary has flourished and regularly added new words such as nothingburger, prepper, idiocracy, and fam. Get to know it better.

Its open source volunteerism approach predates open source software, read about one word that went missing for decades, a murderer was one of its most prolific contributors, it's longest entry is for a three-letter word, and it's most popular edition was impossible to read with the naked eye...

See http://mentalfloss.com/article/574505/oxford-english-dictionary-facts

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Huawei’s Mate X insane foldable smartphone – is a 5G phone with a Kirin 980 processor, 8GB RAM, 512GB storage, and a 4,500mAh battery

The Mate X can be used as a “regular” smartphone when folded, with its 6.6-inch display on the front. When users want to use a bigger display, they can unfold the device – thanks to its built-in hinge under the screen – into an 8-inch 2,480 x 2,200 touchscreen tablet.

Different from the Samsung Fold is that this has the folding screen on the outside and yes if you thought the Samsung was costly, this one will currently be starting at $2,600 but Huawei says they are working on getting the cost down. That said 512GB of storage and a big battery like this is quite high end.

See https://mybroadband.co.za/news... show more


 
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US NHTSA Approves 2 Chinese Kandi Electric Cars for under $20,000... Psst don't tell Trump as there are computers on board but no 6G comms

The Chinese electric car manufacturer Kandi must be seeing the Chinese new year auspiciously. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) approved two of its cars for US sales.

The NHTSA approved the Model EX3 and Model K22, according to the company.

The Kandi K22 is a cheerful Smart ED look-alike. It sports modest performance, ideal for city-dwellers. The Chinese market specs are 990 kilos (2,183 lb), the EV sports a 25.9 kWh battery pack coupled to an electric motor pushing out 35kW (~47 HP) with 165 Nm (121.6 lb·ft) of torque for a range of 202 km (125.5 miles).

The other Kandi is the EX3. Its Chinese market specs are 49 kW (65.71 HP) and 175 Nm (129.07 lb·ft) of torque for a range of 380 km (~236 miles).

No, t... show more
#^ #kandi #china #EV


 
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The 4 best alternative file managers on Linux

All leading desktop environments on the Linux platform comes with a default file manager. These managers are packed with lots of useful features like integrated FTP client support, SAMBA support, NFS integration, quick mounting of hard drives, USB device support, SD card support, and much more. Still, amazing as all of the file managers on Linux environments are, they aren’t for everyone. Some users find them too bloated, and others simply don’t like the defaults and would prefer to use something else.

Thankfully, as the Linux platform is open source, there are dozens of alternative file managers to take a look at.

Covered here are:
\* Double Commander (Windows, Mac, Linux, and BSD)
\* Krusader - good for KDE users
\* JumpFM (Linux, Mac, and Windows)
\* QtFM (Qt rework of the PCManFM file manager for the LXDE desktop enviro... show more


 
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How to disable any pre-installed system app bloatware on Android without root

One person’s hated bloatware is another person’s beloved feature, but unfortunately for the person who classifies certain pre-installed apps as bloatware, they typically can’t uninstall it. Sometimes you can disable system apps, but not every system app will let you disable it.

There are ways around these limitations, though. You could “uninstall” any pre-installed system app on your Android smartphone or tablet. The problem with that method is twofold: it doesn’t actually fully uninstall the app and return space to the user and reverting the change requires you to either sideload the APK (if you can find it) or factory reset. Still, that method is quite useful and we’ve seen dozens of forum posts and user scripts taking advantage of it to debloat their new Android devices.

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OPPO’s 10x lossless zoom tech is coming to smartphones this year

Oppo’s camera technology comprises of three cameras and a periscope setup. First, you have a 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor as your primary sensor. Then there is a 120° super wide angle lens that has a 35mm equivalence of 16mm, which forms the base “1x” zoom setup on the phone.

At the bottom of the setup is the telephoto camera along with the periscope setup. What Oppo has done here is placed the image sensor and additional lenses perpendicular to the body of the phone (instead of sitting parallel and flat) and used a mirror setup to redirect light from the camera cutout towards the image sensor. This placement allows Oppo to provide for a 35mm equivalence of 160mm, forming the “10x” zoom part of the setup. By switching between these three cameras, Oppo provides for a full 10x range of lossless zoom wit... show more
#^ #OPPO


 
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City of Nijmegen in The Netherlands reinvigorates OSS policy, forcing interoperability

Nijmegen, the oldest and 10th largest city of the Netherlands, is reinvigorating its open source policy. Last month, the City Council unanimously adopted the resolution 'Nijmegen digitally independent'. The resolution basically requires the City to deploy both the mandatory and the recommended open standards listed by the Dutch Standardisation Forum for external as well as internal communications. At the same time, the City wants external suppliers to have sufficient experience with open source solutions, and to explicitly include open source alternatives in their consultancy recommendations.

"Rather than requiring the use of open-source software, we decided to primarily focus on 'not having to choose'," explains Joep Bos-Coenraad, City Counselor for GreenLeft and the proposer of the resolution. "Vendor lock-in by... show more


 
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Your Best Digs Review: The Best Safety Razor - the Parker 99R at only $29.99

During nearly two months of researching, testing and even dreaming about double-edge safety razors, they asked five different testers to put their faces on the line with each of the seven best products available to discover the Parker – 99R was the best safety razor for the money. The Parker – 99R earned high marks for easy manoeuvring, blade loading, construction material and all-around shaving comfort. The Viking – Chieftain came in a close runner-up.

What's interesting about this review is that it not the usual suspects (like th4e Merkur 49c) so gives a slightly different perspective. Also some useful background on aspects of safety razors to consider.

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Monkey Shoulder - A buttery smooth blended Speyside Malt Whisky

Finally got a bottle of this excellent Speyside blended malt whisky as it was on special today. It's probably on the opposite end of the tasting scale compared to say a Highland Park whisky (complex peaty taste). Also being a Speyside blend it is quite similar to Chivas Regal but more will be revealed I'm sure once I get a bit further into the bottle.

The name monkey shoulder referred to a temporary injury suffered by the malt-men when turning the barley by hand. As working practices have since changed, the injury no longer exists and now the name Monkey Shoulder lives on as an affectionate tribute to the malt-men of Yore in recognition of the times they suffered for their art.

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Feedbro - With G+ going you need to discover RSS feeds from your favourite websites and sources for a rich varied source of good news

I use RSS feeds in Feedly to daily skim over 200 different sources for tech and other news. If something is of interest then I can zoom straight into the source and read it. Many sites and services do actually have active RSS feeds but often do not advertise it or post an RSS link icon.

Feedbro is an extension for Google Chrome, Vivaldi and Firefox browsers that will help you easily find those RSS feeds. You can use its in-built RSS reader or paste the RSS link into a 3rd party RSS reader like Feedly or another reader. Why I use Feedly is so that my unread articles are synched across my desktop browsers as well as my mobile phone.

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#^ #RSS #atom


 
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Apps makers are sharing sensitive personal information (Including ovulation-tracking and real estate apps) with Facebook but not telling users - Because its only intended to better target adverts

Facebook is getting ahold of sensitive personal information that smartphone owners submit to entirely separate mobile apps, thanks to a software tool that immediately shares that data with the social network to improve ad targeting, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. It’s long been known that apps outside of Facebook’s ecosystem can and do willingly share data with the company to make it easier to reach existing and new users on the platform through ads. Yet the WSJ report highlights a particularly privacy-violating behavior by health and fitness apps where the information shared can be anything from diet and exercise activities to a user’s ovulation cycle and whether they intend... show more


 
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How to use a two-factor security key and which are the best to consider

Two-factor authentication is a good way to add an extra layer of security to online accounts. It requires the use of your smartphone, however, which is not only inconvenient, but it can be a problem if your phone is lost or breached. Hardware security keys can offer an extra layer of security to password-protected online accounts and, in turn, your identity. They’re also not hard to install.

See https://www.theverge.com/2019/2/22/18235288/two-factor-authentication-security-key-how-to on how to set them up for your Google account, Facebook, and Twitter.

You can also have a look at... show more


 
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How to get low/full battery alerts on macOS using a free app called Battery Monitor: Health, Info

A Macbook has a pretty great battery life to begin with it and you’ll find that it outlasts a lot of other laptops that are available in the same or higher price range. Like any battery, a Macbook’s battery has a limited number of cycles that it can be charged through and after that, slowly, very slowly, it will begin to hold less charge. The decline is slow however, if you want to keep an eye on its charge level, you can enable low/full battery alerts on macOS.

Install Battery Monitor: Health, Info and run it. It will add an icon to the menu bar that will indicate if the battery is currently charging. If it’s discharging i.e., you’re running on battery power, it will show you the current battery percentage and time remaining.

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#^ #macos


 
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CleanTechnica Report: Fossil Vehicle Sales Are Officially Now Decreasing In China, Europe, & USA

Sales of fossil-fuelled vehicles are now on the decline in the world’s three largest auto markets, and being replaced by electric vehicles.

For example in China, total light-duty vehicle (LDV) sales declined in 2018 relative to 2017. This was the first year-on-year drop since 1992. Yet, in this shrinking overall auto market, EV sales (including BEVs and PHEVs) almost doubled in volume to 1.1 million, from 600,000 in 2017.

It's interesting this was seen across the markets which is less likely then to be a single year decrease, but I think the proof will only be there once another year's sales are also down. If this is the case it is a bit earlier than I was expecting it to really start showing. It is true too that cars are getting lighter on fuel consumption, although I'm also sure there... show more


 
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Germany tells America to verpissen off over Huawei 5G cyber-Sicherheitsbedenken - Europeans can't find any evidence of Chinese spying

German is expected to snub US pressure to cut Huawei out of its next-generation 5G networks, rejecting claims that the Chinese manufacturer is a security risk.

According to German media reports, a weekend meeting of the German cabinet dug into the issue and effectively rejected America efforts to impose a global ban on the company. The meeting considered a report by its own security services that said it has failed to find any evidence of spying.

That report reflects an early indication by UK security services that they have been unable to find any evidence that Huawei is installing backdoors in its products, something that is credible given that GCHQ has access to Huawei's source code.

But if you remember not too long ago the American NSA was caught out... show more


 
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Decentralized Slack Alternative Riot Releases its First Stable Version

Remember Riot messenger? It’s a decentralized, encrypted open source messaging software based on the Matrix protocol. About a year ago the French Government banned their diplomats from using WhatsApp and moved them to a securely internally hosted Riot server.

Version 1.0 has brought more than just better looks. One of Riot's claims to fame is its end-to-end encryption which you can manage yourself. And this has alos improved further.

See https://itsfoss.com/riot-stable-release/

#riot #matrix

Bild/FotoDecentralized Slack Alternative Riot Releases its First Stable Version - It's FOSS


 
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Best Multi-Tools & Pocket Tools for Your Everyday Carry

There is no excuse as they come in all sizes and shapes, even disguised as pens... I permanently carry my Leatherman Charge TTi everywhere I go (apart from flying, unfortunately). Whether I'm in the roof working or at friends' houses there is always that time you just quickly need to cut a wire, tighten a screw, twist something off, file something smooth, cut a piece of PVC pipe, etc. Why I love my Charge TTi is because I can carry some replacement bits with a drive extender all in the same small carry case. It's not cheap but it will last 20 or 30 years which works out quite cheap per year.

The Mantality site though at https://www.mantality.co.za/blog/multi-tools-and-pocket-tools.html lists a few more interesting compact options

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Once hailed as unhackable, blockchains are now getting hacked

Early last month, the security team at Coinbase noticed something strange going on in Ethereum Classic, one of the cryptocurrencies people can buy and sell using Coinbase’s popular exchange platform. Its blockchain, the history of all its transactions, was under attack.

An attacker had somehow gained control of more than half of the network’s computing power and was using it to rewrite the transaction history. That made it possible to spend the same cryptocurrency more than once—known as “double spends.” The attacker was spotted pulling this off to the tune of $1.1 million.

Blockchains are particularly attractive to thieves because fraudulent transactions can’t be reversed as they often can be in the traditional financial system. Besides that, we’ve long known that just as blockchains have... show more


 
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Big security flaws found in popular password managers 1Password, Dashlane, KeePass, and LastPass - But open source KeePass may be least affected

A report by the Independent Security Evaluators (ISE) shows that many popular password managers store their master passwords in plain text, potentially exposing users’ data to hackers.

The ISE tested 1Password, Dashlane, KeePass, and LastPass on Windows, and found that all of these apps “fail in implementing proper secrets sanitisation”.

See https://mybroadband.co.za/news/security/296572-big-security-flaws-found-in-popular-password-managers.html but also click through to the actual report which shares the details of this test along with a summary near the bottom and it is interesting to note that op... show more


 
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Samsung’s foldable phone is finally official — meet the Galaxy Fold and it will start at $1,980

The device will start at a whopping $1,980 and arrive on April 26. Samsung says both LTE and 5G-capable variants will be available.

As the company hinted at its developers conference last year, the Galaxy Fold consists of two displays: a 4.58-inch, 1960x840 resolution panel that serves as a more traditional smartphone display, and a foldable 7.3-inch, 2152x1536 resolution panel that behaves more like a tablet.

OLED panels are known in part for their flexibility, which in this case allows users to close the Galaxy Fold like a book. Samsung says it uses a hinge system with “multiple interlocking gears” to create the fold, which the company claims is—and indeed appears to be, at first blush — hidden from view.

Yep it's pretty pricey as a phone but I suppose y... show more


 
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Winlink is a worldwide radio email service that uses amateur-band radio pathways where the internet is not present and is capable of operating completely without the internet

This system can get messages through where even voice is not practical to use, as it uses a store and forward system which routes using radio. It is similar to the way normal e-mail would forward automatically across the Internet choosing the best route around any problems. Winlink does the same but via radio pathways.

More complex (and accurate) messages can be composed and then only require a few retries and short throughputs to get the message transmitted, and it can be retrieved in the same manner. This is ideal for say maritime vessels which may only get sporadic periods of communication but where they can in that time transmit and receive any messages.

Message services can include email with attachments, position r... show more


 
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Xiaomi Mi 9’s kernel source code is available immediately after launch - includes the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 with 8GB RAM and a 48MP camera

There was a time not too long ago when Xiaomi was one of the worst offenders when it came to releasing kernel source code for a device in a timely manner. (The GPLv2 license of the Linux kernel legally necessitates kernel source code to be distributed promptly). The prompt availability of kernel source code is the first step on the eventual road to getting a custom recovery such as TWRP and then device-specific custom ROMs.

Which means for ordinary users that if/when the OEM stops pushing out OS updates you have a good chance of getting them via custom ROM for a while yet.

For users suspicious of any OEM's code you can opt to install 3rd party code which you can also inspect or audit.

So releasing the code is one of the important considerati... show more
#^ #Xiaomi


 
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We Need A Fossil Fuel Primer Because The Media Isn’t Telling Us Enough About Climate Change eg. scientists can prove that CO2 in the atmosphere comes from human activities and which ones

People sometimes declare that the world has always had periods of warming and cooling. So — how do we really be certain that today’s warming is primarily caused by humans? How do we know that putting too much carbon into the atmosphere (CO2) when we burn coal, oil, and gas or cut down forests is really the cause of current global warming trends? According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, we know human activities are driving the increase in CO2 concentrations because atmospheric CO2 contains information about its source.

Carbon from fossil fuels has a distinct “signature” — its composition of heavier and lighter atoms of carbon. The smaller the ratio of heavier to lighter carb... show more


 
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We’re 10 days away from new mobile data laws (out of bundle protection) in South Africa – here’s what you need to know

South Africa is 10 days away from new data regulations – with mobile customers soon to be spared from out of bundle charges, unless they choose to opt in.

The amended End User and Subscriber Services Charter (EUSSC) Regulations will come into effect on 1 March, which will prevent mobile operators from automatically charging out of bundle data rates for customers who do not opt into the service.

The regulations also state that mobile operators must send usage depletion notifications (SMSes) as customers consume their data bundles.

Good news as many subscribers got caught by surprise - myself included once.

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How to test your VPN security for leaks inc DNS leaks

Yes, I know I seem to be reading many articles that keep promoting VPN services and I have mostly just ignored them but this one does, after you've scrolled past the 4 VPN services being promoted, have a link to a pretty thorough leak test for your VPN service. I'm using ExpressVPN and it passed all tests with zero leaks.

See https://www.addictivetips.com/vpn/test-vpn-security/

#dnsleak #vpnsecurity

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The MeWe social network made a tool to import your Google+ data (Posts and Collections) to their platform

The MeWe social network has just announced that they have made a tool that will import your Google+ data to their platform. The tool is simply called the G+ MeWe Importer. The tool is expected to go live on March 12th, possibly even sooner.

Here are some of the details of this G+ MeWe Importer tool:
\* Move your public G+ posts to MeWe as open posts on your MeWe timeline (dated and ordered the same as they were on G+).
\* Move your public collection and community posts to MeWe and create open posts on your MeWe timeline (dated and ordered the same as they were on G+) with the collection or community name as a #hashtag.
\* They’ll make improvements to the G+ MeWe Importer after launch, including the abilit... show more


 
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Mounted my DIY VHF Antenna made from solid brass brazing rods

This is now replacing the previous one I had made out of 2mm copper wire as its vertical blew off in the gusting wind due to the solder joint not being very strong on the weak centre pin of the UHF panel mount connector.

The new one is using choc block connectors (the brass part) to screw on the vertical and radials onto the panel mount UHF connector. It sounds better but I'm still not happy with it as the choc block connectors cannot be screwed very tight (brass is a bit weak and the first one I screwed on just split) so I used a clear epoxy resin which I hope will prevent it working loose in the wind. The vertical was again a problem with that thin centre pin but I bout a small 4mm brass sleeve that I drilled the centre out with a Dremel to 3mm so it could fit tightly over the centre pin. Then the vertical brazing rod with its choc bloc... show more


 
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This wireless AI camera runs entirely on solar power and costs around $10 - Stick it in sunlight and it can transmit data pretty much indefinitely

Seattle-based startup Xnor is certainly right at the bleeding-edge. This week the company unveiled a prototype AI camera that runs entirely off solar power — no battery or external power source required. The camera has a piddling 320 x 320 resolution, an FGPA chip to handle processing, and is loaded with a state of the art object recognition algorithm.

You could, theoretically, stick a device like this anywhere outdoors and have it transmit data back to you indefinitely. It’s compatible with a few different low-energy wireless communication protocols (because Wi-Fi drains too much battery) which let it send information over tens of kilometers.

Yes, it's not high-end at all but it serves the type of purpose it may be needed more in remot... show more
#^ #AI #solar


 
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UK Government Invests In 350 New Charging Points for uptake of Electric Taxis

The government has set aside £6 million for 17 councils to install electric car charging points that will support the uptake of electric taxis.

The local authorities, which are dotted around the country in cities such as Manchester, Brighton and Leicester, will build a combined total of almost 350 charge points. Of those, around 300 will be rapid chargers, while 46 will be fast chargers.

According to the Department for Transport (DfT), around 800 ultra-low-emission taxis and some 3,000 private hire vehicles will make use of the charging points.

Transport Minister Jesse Norman said the new infrastructure would help the country make the switch to low-emission transport.

See https://insideevs... show more
#^ #taxis #EV #UK


 
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10 Benefits of Publishing Your App in the Snap Store [Video]

Snaps need little introduction themselves. These versatile, distro-agnostic app bundles come furnished with all sort of bells and whistles, including transactional updates, auto-updates, roll back, security, permissions, and so on.

And developers are, clearly, taking advantage. There are several hundred apps available in the Snap store, including big-name software like Spotify, Skype and LibreOffice.

Clearly, snaps help defrag the many different Linux distro choices and make it for seamless for users, especially non-tech ones. Alan, or ‘Popey’ as he’s better known, reels off a compelling set of reasons why app developers may want to Snap their app up and make it available to the world via the snazzy Snap store. It is only 15 mins long and well worth watching.

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My G+ Tech & Gadgets Collection has a presence on MeWe with over 3000 Followers as well as on Youme Social

You'll find all my posts for this Collection over there was well as on Youme Social, Minds, Mastodon, Friendica, Hubzilla, Blogger, Tumblr, Twitter. Links are on my G+ Profile About page.

See https://mewe.com/join/tech__gadgets

#technology #gadgets

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My G+ Low Carb High Fat Eating and Health Collection has a presence on MeWe

You'll find all my posts for this Collection over there was well as on Youme Social, Minds, Mastodon, Friendica, Hubzilla, Blogger, Tumblr, Twitter. Links are on my G+ Profile About page.

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#LCHF #health

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My G+ Green Tech & Environment Collection has a presence on MeWe

You'll find all my posts for this Collection over there was well as on Youme Social, Minds, Mastodon, Friendica, Hubzilla, Blogger, Tumblr, Twitter. Links are on my G+ Profile About page.

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#greentech #environment

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My G+ Music Technology Collection has a presence on MeWe

You'll find all my posts for this Collection over there was well as on Youme Social, Minds, Mastodon, Friendica, Hubzilla, Blogger, Tumblr, Twitter. Links are on my G+ Profile About page.

See https://mewe.com/join/music_technology

#music

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My G+ Security Privacy and Rights Collection has a presence on MeWe

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#security #privacy

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My G+ Traditional Wet Shaving Collection has a presence on MeWe and on Youme Social

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#wetshaving #traditionalwetshaving #shaving

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My G+ South African Technology Collection has a presence on MeWe

You'll find all my posts for this Collection over there was well as on Youme Social, Minds, Mastodon, Friendica, Hubzilla, Blogger, Tumblr, Twitter. Links are on my G+ Profile About page.

See https://mewe.com/join/south_africa1

#southafrica

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My G+ Open Source Software Collection has a presence on MeWe

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See https://mewe.com/join/open_source_software

#opensource #FOSS

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My G+ Gaming Technology Collection has a presence on MeWe

You'll find all my posts for this Collection over there was well as on Youme Social, Minds, Mastodon, Friendica, Hubzilla, Blogger, Tumblr, Twitter. Links are on my G+ Profile About page.

See https://mewe.com/join/gaming_technology

#gaming

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